Helmut and I have just returned from a little shindig over in San Antonio Texas. We were there attending the national NSTA conference. The conference went very well for everyone involved.
While there we unveiled for the first time the Digital Starlab ARES. As you are aware, Digital Starlab packages are named after heavy lift rockets. Previously, our top of the line unit was named Saturn, after the Saturn V rockets used in the Apollo missions. However, it was not the most powerful rocket ever designed. Plans were drawn up for a much more powerful rocket called Ares, that would bring astronauts to Mars, hence the name. It is in honor of this mighty machine that the best portable planetarium projector on Earth is named.
We also showed off our new digitized cylinders. For those of you who have used our Classic Starlabs, you know how frustrating it would be to abandon all the curriculum you've been building over years if you switched from a Classic to a Digital Starlab. To get around that, we've taken 5 of our classic Starlab cylinders and turned them into digital files for the Digital Starlab to display. The current crop of cylinders are: Biological Cell, Plate Tectonics, Ocean Currents, Weather, and Native American Mythology. More will come on line later.